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Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Nana'

Insularis Boxwood

Insularis ‘Nana’ is a low spreading cultivar with lime green new growth in the spring. New growth will slowly fade to a light green. Although considered a smaller cultivar, it is a somewhat fast grower. It is very similar to the cultivars ‘Franklin’s Gem’ and ‘Tide Hill’. Deer resistant.

Slow to medium growth rate; 1"-3" per year

Comments: ‘Nana’ is becoming increasingly popular due to its tolerance to boxwood blight and resistance to boxwood leafminer. An annual light pruning will help develop rigidity in this boxwood and lessen the chance of the plant opening up in the center as it matures. Recent testing data indicates ‘Nana’ and ‘Franklin’s Gem’ are basically the same plant.

Uses: Small specimen, low hedge, foundation plant, edging, parterre or knot garden

Substitutes: ‘Franklin’s Gem’, ‘Little Missy’, ‘Justin Brouwers’, ‘Vardar Valley’

Insularis Boxwood Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Prune insularis ‘Nana’ lightly in late winter or early spring to make a stronger and denser plant. This cultivar can be pruned with shears or hand pruners. Thinning is not typically necessary but, if this cultivar is sheared heavily, some thinning in late winter to early spring will allow air and sunlight to penetrate the plant.

Insularis ‘Nana’ is very resistant to boxwood leaf miner and very tolerant to boxwood blight. It has few pest or disease issues when planted and cared for properly.


Part Sun, Shade



2 Feet



3 Feet


Hardiness Zone:


Characteristics & Attributes for Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Nana'

Attractive Foliage
Foliage Color
Best Usage
Soil Moisture Preference
Good Drainage
Deer Resistant
Growth Rate
Boxwood Exposure
Part Sun (Location is primarily shaded from late morning to late afternoon)
Shade (Location has no direct sun)
Boxwood Zone
Zone 6 (Average Annual Minimum Temperature -10 F to 0 F)
Zone 7 (Average Annual Minimum Temperature 0 F to 10 F)
Zone 8 (Average Annual Minimum Temperature 10 F to 20 F)
Boxwood Foliage Color
Green (Foliage is Predominately Green)
Boxwood Best Usage
Edging (Mature size of 2 ft high and wide or less)
Foundation Plant
Hedge Low (Mature size of 4 ft or less)
Specimen Small (1-3 ft high and wide)
Parterre or Knot Garden
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